Baby Led Weaning, Recipes

Dry Fruit Laddoos – The BLW Way

I’m back after yet another break (we have been traveling a crazy bit) and with another winning recipe which is delicious, healthy and sweet. 

This is one recipe that can be used two ways depending on how your child’s mood is and it is quite good for us adults too. Isn’t that the whole point of BLW?!

Anyway, here’s what you will need for this super easy and healthy recipe and it takes almost no time to put together. 

  1. Handful each of cashews, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pine nut or any mix of nuts of your/your baby’s choice. 
  2. 10-12 Peanuts – optional
  3. 2-2.5 tbs gram dal (pottu kadalai) – optional
  4. 8-10 dates (soaked in hot water for 5-10 minutes l, drained well and pitted) 
  5. 1.5 tbs raisins (soaked in hot water for 5-10 minutes and drained well) 
  6. A fat pinch of elaichi powder (optional)
  7. 2-3 tbs unsweetened dissecated coconut (optional)  

Method: 

  • Dry roast the nuts one by one till they just start getting fragrant. This step is optional and they taste good even if not roasted. 
  • Throw in the nuts, gram dal, dates, raisins and elaichi powder together in a blender jar and blend until you reach a sandy texture. 
  • Roll them into balls or fingers or squares or any shape of your choice. 
  • Spread the unsweetened dissecated coconut on a plate and roll the bars and make sure they get coated evenly on all sides. 
  • Store in an airtight container. 
  • Lasts 2-3 days stored outside or up to a week in the fridge. 

I started off making them into fingers when A was younger. Now even balls/laddoos work just fine with him.

The last time I made these, he wasn’t particularly interested in having them. So I blended a couple of them with some almond milk to get a nice thick nutty milkshake and he loved it. 

I have also used this as a stuffing to make dry fruit parathas and they were a hit too (see, that’s one bonus recipe for you guys). 

Mommy 1: Buchkoo 0 

It also satisfies post meal sweet cravings of us adults. 

The only thing you need to be sure about is that your child isn’t allergic to any of these nuts. Ideally, it’s recommended that you offer nuts to your child one by one to rule out any possible allergic reactions. So I would say you can make these if your baby is over 8 months of age and doesn’t have any nut allergy. 

Also, you can work on the texture of these laddoos depending on how old your child is, how many teeth he/she has and the texture he/she prefers. 

Try and let me know how it turned out? 🙂

PS: this recipe has been in the drafts folder for so long I can’t find the pictures of the laddoos I made right now. I will add them if and when I find them. 

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